Suburban Newark Family’s Home Accommodates an Active Lifestyle
According to plan: when improving their Newark home, the Andersons take their time and do it right.
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A Smart Solution
In the formal dining room, there’s a round pedestal table with a solid top. It’s too small for large family gatherings, so Bartron came up with a novel solution. He designed a large, rectangular table top with fold-down legs that fits over the table, using the pedestal as a base.
“After the big dinner, we fold up the table and store it in the basement,” Gary Anderson says.
The walls in the living room and dining room are embellished with subtle, hand-painted vines and leaves, offering the pattern and texture of wallpaper with none of the hassles of replacement. Elegant crown molding is painted white, a contrast to the soft beige of the walls and ceiling.
“When the ceiling was white, I never noticed the moldings,” he notes. “Painting the ceiling really showcases the trim.”
His eye for design comes naturally. His grandfather, Norm Anderson, was a gifted illustrator who created art for print advertisements in the mid-20th century. After his death, the family discovered dozens of his works, neatly tucked away in the attic.
Today, the renderings are a hip, recurring theme, an expression of both sentiment and artistry.
“The paintings are extremely cool and very meaningful to the family,” Bartron says. “We knew immediately that we should frame them and display them throughout the house.”
A standard builder’s powder room also makes a unique statement with a dramatic vessel sink of chiseled stone. The pump-style faucet is mounted on the counter. Wrought metal sconces flank a large mirror.
“Biff showed us that even a tiny room can have an impact,” Kathy Anderson says. “It all comes down to determining what fits your style and your space.”